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Cup of Java Coffee Face Mask

by | Last updated May 11, 2020 | Published on Sep 16, 2019 | Recipes

Dear facial clay mask readers.  The only reason this blog exists is due to coffee.  So I’m incredibly excited for this coffee face mask recipe.

I’m a coffee fanatic.  Will the amazing aroma of freshly ground coffee grounds actually work for your skincare? I’m super thrilled to find out that caffeine is also a wonderful ingredient to add to our face mask recipes.

We are not talking about dipping into your morning cup of joe.  This coffee face mask recipe uses coffee grounds.  That gives it a wonderful scrubby, exfoliating experience.

Coffee is packed with over 1,000 compounds, including antioxidants. It also has anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties.  That adds a cleansing and calming effect to this exfoliating mask.  Exfoliating often leaves your skin red and irritated, so the coffee will help soothe your skin.

Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants for most americans than any other source. (source)

This mask is packed with ingredients that you will probably find in your pantry.  The maple syrup and vanilla extract add a soothing and hydration effect to this mask.  I promise, you will love the addition of these 2 ingredients.   

Use this exfoliating coffee mask for face if you have: 

  • Inflamed skin or redness
  • Sloughing off dead skin cells
  • Clogged pores
  • Acne and blemishes
  • Fine lines or aging skin
  • Oily skin

I loved this face mask and hope that you will too! Make sure to leave a comment below with how it worked for you.

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We also selected rhassoul clay for this face mask from our facial clay assortment pack on amazon. With continued use of rhassoul clay, I experience smoother and glowing skin after using this clay weekly for 8 weeks.

This is the first recipe of many more to come using the rhassoul clay, typically found in the atlas mountains of morocco.

What are the coffee mask benefits?

We know the benefits of drinking coffee, a good morning jolt, increased concentration, maybe even a boost of pace and enthusiasm.

And I’ve recently discovered making espresso at home (life changing).  I gifted the aeropress to mr. facial clay for christmas.  Turns out, I like it even more than he does.  Sorry, off topic, but I’m a coffee lover.

Save your “spent” coffee grounds from your morning brew to use for this face mask.  Research has shown that spent coffee grounds have just as much antioxidants. 

Adding this magical, liquid from the gods, to your skincare has these coffee mask benefits too!   

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1. Anti Aging

Coffee and Caffeine have a potent level of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are essential for reducing free radical damage on your skin, which leads to the aging appearance of your skin.  This research indicated that caffeine slows down the process of photoaging. Yes please!

Don’t worry about what type of coffee bean, this study found after roasting, both arabica and robusta coffee beans had the same level of antioxidants.

Another two famous antioxidant beverages which also make appearances in our recipes are cocao mask and green tea face mask.  Touted for their excellent antioxidant levels. This research compared coffee antioxidant activity to be the highest per cup:

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2. Soothe Skin

Spent coffee grounds contains high lipid content.  This 2013 study found that extracted oil from spent coffee beans improved sebum production and increased hydration.  This is a genius way to use the coffee grounds generated from the average 1.6 cups of coffee that we drink everyday!

3. Exfoliate

Used in a scrub along with a carrier oil, spent coffee grounds are a perfect exfoliator. The grounds of the coffee will not dissolve in a liquid and are not overly abrasive as to damage the skin. But they are course enough that they will slough off dead skin cells on the outer layer of your skin.

More Fruity Clay Mask Recipes:

Vitamin C Packed Mango Mask.  Mangos are my favorite tropical fruit and the Vitamin C they are packed with make it a wonderful vitamin enriched mask with kaolin clay.

Tropical Papaya Face Mask.  Combing papaya and coconut, 2 favorite tropical fruits have 2 unique antioxidants agents for lightening and balancing results.

Antioxidant Rich Pomegranate Face Mask. Studied as a potential cancer prevention food, pomegranates contain a ton of antioxidants, vitamins and over 100 phyto chemicals.  Great mask for anti aging no matter what age!

Is Rhassoul Clay Good for your Skin?

Rhassoul Clay is my go-to mask for sensitive or all skin types.  Even dry skin. With continued use, Rhassoul clay is able to regulate the ongoing sebum production. 

It’s mineral rich with silica and magnesium, nourishing your skin with minerals while removing chemicals and heavy metals from your skin.

Our facial clay assortment pack has Rhassoul Clay along with Kaolin, Bentonite and French Green Clay.  Each package does 25 masks, so you can try 6-7 applications of each type of mask. 


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Coffee Face Mask Ingredients:

Recipe Yield: 2 face masks

You will need:

According to coffee chemistry, you get 1.2% caffeine content, or 60 mg per 1 teaspoon.  Commercial formulations contain 3% caffeine. 

Equipment required:

  • Spice grinder (if you have whole coffee beans)
  • 1 glass, wooden or plastic bowl (glass is preferred)
  • 1 plastic, or wooden spoon

Mix How to Mix Coffee Mask for your Face

This recipe yields 2 face mask recipes.

If you make too much, cover in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Step 1:  Grind coffee beans, and enjoy your morning brew.  Set aside the used coffee beans and let cool.

You can feel free to use fresh coffee beans, but spent coffee beans are just as good.  Then you are putting the coffee ground waste to good use.  Just think about how much coffee ground waste must be created each day!

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Step 2: Mix the cocao powder, rhassoul clay and spent coffee grounds together. 

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Step 3: Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, filtered water, fractionated coconut oil and mix thoroughly.

Add more clay or liquid as required. The consistency should not be thick, but should be a bit on the runny side.  You want to make sure you have enough liquid to exfoliate. 

Vanilla extract and maple syrup are more skin loving ingredients to add into this mask.  Vanilla extract is anti inflammatory and maple syrup is wonderful for preventing dry skin. 

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As a face mask, this consistency is great. Ffrom the below photo I ended up adding a bit more coconut oil and water for exfoliating.

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How to apply Coffee Face Mask:

Ditch the face mask brush, this mask is best applied with your fingers.

For application follow these instructions:

1. Cleanse your skin prior to applying a mask.

2. Dive in with your fingers and apply the mask in circular motions to your skin.  Massage and exfoliate in circles for 30 seconds to a minute.  Avoid the eye area.

3. Leave the face mask on for approx 5 to 10 minutes.  Most importantly, always remove a mask before it dries.

3. To remove, gently splash water to rehydrate the clay.  Then remove with water or face towel.

4. Follow up with a toner like witch hazel.

5. Apply a moisturizer.  I’m testing a bunch of different types of moisturizers.  Leave a comment below with your fav moisturizer.

Some redness is perfectly normal after a clay mask.  I go over in much more detail any questions about how to use a dry clay mask.

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I love, loved this exfoliating mask! Don’t eat it, but it’s made with some of my all time favorite ingredients.  Coffee, Chocolate and Maple Syrup. (I’m so canadian!).

Disclaimer: Our content does not constitute a dermatologist or medical advice.

Did you try this mask? I would love to hear how it worked for you! Leave a comment below.

Cup of Java Coffee Face Mask

Cup of Java Coffee Face Mask

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Exfoliate and mask at the same time with this uplifting "Cup of Java" Coffee Face Mask recipe!


  • 1 tsp of spent coffee beans
  • 1 tsp rhassoul clay
  • ¼ tsp Cocao powder
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp of filtered water
  • 1/4 tsp of maple syrup or agave


  1. Grind coffee beans, and enjoy your morning brew.  Set aside the used coffee beans and let cool.
  2. Mix the cocao powder, rhassoul clay and spent coffee grounds together.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, filtered water, fractionated coconut oil.
  4. Mix together all ingredients thoroughly.
  5. To apply, use fingers to exfoliate mask onto skin in circular motions, let mask sit for approx 5-10 minutes, remove BEFORE dry.

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